The Mid Suffolk Mutts Skater Hockey Club had the pleasure of going to Hatfield Leisure Centre to watch some of BISHA’s best teams battle it out in their allocated league. It was a true inspiration for our novice club to see the quality and speed of the young players coming through the ranks of the south region.
Just so you know who we are, the Mutts were formed in January 2019 to bring Skater Hockey to Suffolk. We have made it accessible to all by funding protective kit and promoting the sport across the region. Within two months we found a home, built up a plan and recruited 18 Peewee’s all learning to skate and play the sport.
99% of our 18 players had never seen the game of skater hockey played in real life, so when the lovely Liz and Jan invited us down we jumped at the chance.
I was lucky enough to play against teams like, B’Wood and The Warriors when BISHA had a premier league. So on the road trip down from Suffolk I had the chance to tell a few stories about team clashes and personal triumphs (unfortunately there were more clash stories about other teams than my personal triumphs ).
Our team rocked up to the venue to stands rammed with fans ready for the first game. All the Mutts squeezed in and watched three games of fast, physical hockey, which was a perfect illustration for new young players. Our newly appointed goalie was focused on every net minder movement, position, and celebrated every save, whilst all our other players were getting excited by the speed of play, the matching kits, and some big hits.
We even had parents asking if they could play due to the excitement of watching the sport.
I was stupidly impressed by the quality of the play, there is always a few players that stand out from the crowd but each team showed graft and heart and played hard for the club badge on the front of their jerseys.
Mutts are constantly working on teamwork and respect, not just simply by understanding the passing and movement of the game but by supporting each other on and off the pitch as well as respecting other teams. It was great to see each team proudly shake hands and promote pure sportsmanship.
I could not wish for a better morning to inspire young players to play Skater Hockey.
From all the Mutts we would like to say thank you for your support and guidance whilst setting up the club as well constantly pushing a highly addictive and awesome sport.
Mid Suffolk Mutts Skater Hockey Club.